I was given the idea to create a homemade campfire tripod by a fabulous facebook friend Naomi, who inspires me daily. This lovely lady recycles, grows her own fruits & veggies and also homeschools. Naomi has a fantastic facebook page full of wonderful ideas, pop over and take a look here Backyard and Garden farming. Anyway I spotted that she had made one of these camping tripods and I decided to give it a go myself.
All you need is:
3 metal fencing pins - available from ebay
Approx 1 metre of chunky chain
3 or 4 meat hooks
Some bricks or rockery stones
Start by digging a small circle. We dug ours about 6 inches deep but its up to you how deep you would like it. Roughly place your bricks around the circle. This is to help contain your campfire.
Hook the 3 fencing pins together by sliding the hook ends of the pins together, this takes a bit of fiddling about to get the tripod shape to stand rigid and secure. As you can see from the photo above we secured the pin hooks with a large meat hook. Then add your chain in the middle with a small meat hook on each end. Buy a pot with a lid and handles each side that your hooks will fit hook onto.
Over the weekend we tested it out and instead of using the big pot to cook we got an extra piece of chain (from an old hanging basket) and clipped it on to a griddle (from our BBQ) to cook burgers & sausages.
Using the tripod at home is a great way to teach the kids how to cook on a campfire and I'm sure we will be using it a lot over the coming months.